Boogie Nights (1997)

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The story of a young man’s adventures in the California pornography industry of the late 1970s and early 1980s. (IMDb)
I dunno, amidst all its characters and plot lines, in the end it lacks a certain, ahem, thrust, with no clear arc or, heh, climax to speak of (the hypnotic back-and-forth between limo and truck came close but didn’t quite land). That said, its “slice of life” structure is certainly done very well, with the majority of its many characters and scenes quite memorable and mull-worthy (Reilly’s earnest Reed and the dramatic/comedic drug deal probably top the list). Great music and camerawork too.
7.5/10 (Really Good)

 

Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999)

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Dr. Evil is back…and has invented a new time machine that allows him to go back to the 60’s and steal Austin Powers’s mojo, inadvertently leaving him “shagless”. (IMDb)
There’s nary a hint of a substantial plot or complex characters here, but with an ample amount of often surprisingly clever humour (the synonyms for penis gags are great), the film manages to get by on pure silliness–and a good amount of self-aware jabs at its own shoddy storytelling don’t hurt either (“… just enjoy yourself!”). The multiple-character Myers is undeniably creative and while not all of his jokes land on their feet, enough do to overshadow the film’s lack of anything else.
6.5/10 (Alright)

The Hangover (2009)

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Three buddies wake up from a bachelor party in Las Vegas, with no memory of the previous night and the bachelor missing. They make their way around the city in order to find their friend before his wedding. (IMDb)
The “what happened last night?” premise here provides a uniquely engaging and mystery-tinged plot–along with plenty of hilarious “WTF” moments (naked guy in the trunk, tiger in the bathroom, baby in the closet)–for what is in its slowest moments just a seen-before raunchy comedy with hit-or-miss humour. When things are at their most chaotic is when the film is at its best, so the ending is a bit of a come-down (especially the “here’s what happened” credit pics) but it’s still a fun ride.
7/10 (Good)